What Have They Done To Commander Keen

The good news: Commander Keen is back! The bad news: everything else about that piece of information.

The Commander Keen games are an international treasure. Kicking off in 1990, they showed — on a platform awash with strategy games and flight sims — that the PC could be home to quality platformers as well.

The originals still play well to this day, but Keen’s cult status and place in history have long been calling out for a modern interpretation of the character and his side-scrolling action.

Bethesda took to the stage earlier today during their E3 press conference and … kinda did that. But instead of announcing a new Commander Keen as a vibrant take on a 90s classic, a faithful reimagining of a long-running and important series, we got some free-to-play mobile gaming bullshit:

That was upsetting to watch.

As is this:

The entire original collection is going for spare change right now if you’d like a palette cleanser.


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